Lady Bulldogs storm past Santa Fe
On Friday night, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs grabbed sole possession of second place in the District 11-A standings by going on the road and defeating the Santa Fe Lady Wildcats 50-33 to snap a three-game losing streak.
Cornersville (7-5, 3-1 District) had won the last 11 meetings against Santa Fe, but the Lady Wildcats appeared they might finally break CHS' hex over them after building a 22-19 lead in the first half.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, imposed their will on Santa Fe (6-9, 2-2 District) in the second half and outscored the Lady Wildcats 31-11 over the final two quarters to take home the 17-point victory.
After hitting just 1-of-10 field goal attempts in the first period, Cornersville shot 49 percent (17-of-35) over the final three quarters to finish 18-of-45 from the floor overall, which included a 3-of-9 effort from three-point range. The Lady Bulldogs also outrebounded Santa Fe and held an 8-7 edge on the offensive boards.
"This all started on Monday. The girls came in focused to practice at the start of the week and worked hard," said CHS coach Peyton Newton. "I wanted to slow the game down, but we were able to run the floor and get some easy baskets against their press. We did a good job executing offensively."
After missing the previous two games due to an ankle injury, senior guard Brooke Holt gave the Lady Bulldogs' offense a shot in the arm by tallying a game high 16 points and 14 rebounds en route to recording her third double-double of the season.
Breanne Dunkleman followed Holt with 14 points and five steals, while Carson Coble and Morgan Terry both added eight points with Coble recording seven rebounds and six assists. Madison Hopkins and Kelsey Wortham chipped in two points apiece for Cornersville as well.
Hindered by a 2-of-20 effort from beyond the arc, Santa Fe finished with only 15 field goals on 33 percent shooting while committing 21 turnovers. The Lady Wildcats also hit just 1-of-9 free throws, compared to a 11-of-17 performance at the charity stripe by CHS.
Allison Pack and Hannah Warf paced Santa Fe with 10 points each, while Ashley Faulkner notched six points.
Cornersville had trouble taking the lid off their basket at the start of the game, as the Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 9-2 lead late in the first quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs eventually began to heat up offensively and put together a 12-6 run behind four points from Dunkleman and baskets from Holt, Terry, and Wortham to slice the deficit to 15-14 midway through the second quarter before Emily Thomason canned a three to give Santa Fe an 18-14 advantage.
Holt then nailed a trey and hit a turnaround bank shot to put Cornersville up 19-18 before the Lady Wildcats tallied the last four points of the half to take a 22-19 lead into the break.
Ahead to stay
After Pack hit a runner early in the third quarter to stake Santa Fe to a 24-19 advantage, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Wildcats 14-3 over the final 6:45 of the stanza behind four points apiece from Dunkleman and Coble to seize a 33-27 lead.
Faulkner made a jumper at the start of the fourth period to narrow the gap to 33-29 before Cornersville notched the next five points thanks to three Dunkleman free throws and a layup by Coble to open up a 38-29 advantage.
Santa Fe then scored four straight points to close the gap to 38-33, but the Lady Bulldogs dominated down the stretch and ended the game with a 12-0 run on the strength of seven points from Holt and a Dunkleman trey to cap their 50-33 victory.